Last week, during Passover and before Easter, our teenager and I made the trip via subway to her Allergist for an food challenge to see if we could re-introduce Oats after twelve years of strict avoidance. This decision was made by her Board Certified Allergist after a blood test, which checks for IgE antibodies in blood to a certain allergen, showed that her numbers had dropped within a range to consider a re-introduction, and a skin prick test had confirmed a 50/50 chance that she had outgrown the allergy. With a bit of trepidation, we entered the Allergist’s office early last Thursday, Epi-Pens® and Benadryl® in hand and began the re-introduction. I had brought in my own oatmeal, and the nurse took it to her desk and measured a teaspoonful, placing it on a spoon in a bowl. After ingestion, the teen’s vitals were checked and after twenty minutes of playing a game together, it was time for another two teaspoons full. This continued two more times until two tablespoonfuls were ingested and we had been there for three ours. The result? Teenager liked the oatmeal, commented that it made her sleepy (not an allergic reaction) and wanted to eat it all day.
So far I’ve made oat buns and oatmeal cookies in addition to the oatmeal. What is your favorite thing to do with oatmeal?